Daily Search Forum Recap: November 15, 2007

Nov 15, 2007 - 3:49 pm 0 by

Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

  • New Daily Search Forum Recap Emails & Feeds
    Are our daily posts becoming overwhelming? Do you prefer to just get one update from this site daily and not several? Do you want to learn about the search forum threads that did not make the cut to become a featured article at the Search Engine Roundtable? If so, you will be glad to know, we have started a new daily recap feed. You can either subscribe via RSS using this link or via email
  • Making a 301 Redirect Work Faster with Search Engines
    301s can effectively be used to inform a search engine that you have moved page a to a new permanent location. While they help make matters easier for webmasters, they are also so very sloooooooooooooow. A WebmasterWorld member wants to know if there is any way to expedite the process. The only search engine that seems to somewhat support this is Yahoo's Dynamic URL Rewriting, where you can get your site crawled more efficiently by
  • Google May Allow Hiding Content Under a Z-Layer?
    A Google Groups thread asks if there's any such penalty for using the z-index HTML attribute underneath images. Would that be deceiving the search engines if you're putting text underneath an image that is not apparent to the visitor? Bergy from the Google Webmaster Central team says that it's not a bad practice: So, the technique you've laid out here is neither good nor evil. ... [I]f the hidden content is a more-accessible-but-less-pretty version of
  • Go Daddy Partners with Google for Webmaster Tools
    Google announced earlier this week that now Go Daddy subscribers can take full advantage of Google's Webmaster Tools, which will be built into the Go Daddy control panel. Go Daddy users will now see our link right in their hosting control center, and can launch Google Webmaster Tools directly from their hosting account. And Go Daddy makes the Google Webmaster Tools account creation process faster by adding the site, verifying the site, and submitting Sitemaps
  • Google's DoubleClick Acquisition On Hold Pending Review
    In April, Google announced its plans to acquire DoubleClick and was already faced with some challenges by its competitors. In May, the Federal Trade Commission started looking into those claims. While Google was confident that this acquisition would "withstand scrutiny," recent reports indicate that it's going to be on hold. One report says that the acquisition is "rejected for now." And Google is naturally upset about it: "We are obviously disappointed," said Eric Schmidt, chief
  • The Good: Yahoo Search Marketing
    When you look at the Internet, a lot of people either have concerns, want to get questions answered, but they never talk about when a company goes above and beyond. Perhaps that's because companies don't typically go the extra mile. But in one case, Yahoo! did. And a forum member at DigitalPoint Forums wants everyone to know. I do advertising (PPC) with both Google and Yahoo. the other day I got a call from a
  • Did Yahoo Search Change How They Handle 301 Redirects?
    Brian Turner is reporting at a Platinax Forum that Yahoo has changed the way they handle 301 redirects. In the past, according to Yahoo! Redirect Handling Rules (PDF File), a 301 from Site A to Site B, Yahoo would keep the target URL. If the domain remained the same, it would not necessarily be the case, see the PDF file above to see the detailed rules. Brian is claiming that Yahoo is now looking at
  • Live Search Introduces Domain Rank & Page Rank Green Bars
    As many of you saw in the first images of Live Search Webmaster Tools, webmasters can now login to Live Search Webmaster Tools and find their "Domain Rank" and the "Rank" of their top pages. Here is an image of "Domain Rank": And here is an image of my "Top Five Pages" by "Rank": Why is Microsoft calling these bars "Rank"? Why are they green bars? Is it way too similar to Google's PageRank brand?
  • Cannot Connect to Database Coming Up in Google.com Search Results
    Server failures happen, they are almost guaranteed. And when they do happen, SEOs hope that Google does not try to visit the site during that timeframe. If Google does and the server issues are database related, then Google may index your site and use "Cannot connect to database" or something related as your page title and meta description. It may look something like this: And the page might look like this in Google's cache. That
  • Yahoo Site Explorer Showing Fewer Pages & Links?
    There are numerous reports coming from DigitalPoint Forums that Yahoo Site Explorer is reporting a huge reduction of pages and inlinks for sites. Personally, I cannot confirm these reports to be true at this time. It appears my link counts and page index count is higher than was reported, since the last time I checked. But many SEOs are saying they are seeing major reductions in those numbers. Most of the sites I am usually

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